Training Classes

Making PDF Accessible and Section 508 Compliant

Prerequisites: Success in this course depends on students having this knowledge before beginning this class.

A working familiarity with Adobe Acrobat Professional and PDFs is essential to receiving the benefits of this session.
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This course is part of the following workflow-oriented and product- or technology-oriented learning tracks: Acrobat & PDF, Business of Design, General Business, Law Enforcement / Mil. / Intel., Legal Profession, Scientific & Forensic, Writing & Editorial

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Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as sim­i­lar state leg­is­la­tion re­quire that elec­tron­ic doc­u­ments pro­duced by dif­fer­ent entities–both gov­ern­ment agen­cies and non-government entities–include ad­di­tion­al fea­tures to make those elec­tron­ic doc­u­ments equal­ly use­able by sight­ed and visually-impaired peo­ple and by hear­ing and deaf peo­ple. In some sec­tors, com­pli­ance is manda­to­ry un­der penal­ty of hefty fines. Even those en­ti­ties not cur­rent­ly re­quired by Section 508 to pro­duce ful­ly ac­ces­si­ble elec­tron­ic doc­u­ments in PDF doc­u­ments should vol­un­tar­i­ly com­ply to en­sure that their doc­u­ments are use­able by the more than 10 mil­lion hearing-impaired and 25 mil­lion blind Americans.

Making a PDF ac­ces­si­ble is a re­spon­si­bil­i­ty al­ready placed on both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal pub­li­ca­tions, and it is in­cum­bent up­on every busi­ness per­son, mar­keter, and dis­trib­u­tor to en­sure ful­ly ac­ces­si­ble PDFs in com­pli­ance with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This course will:

  • Explain the re­quire­ments of Section 508 rel­e­vant to the pro­duc­tion of PDF documents.
  • Demonstrate tech­niques for au­to­mat­ic and man­u­al doc­u­ment ac­ces­si­bil­i­ty auditing.
  • Walk through step-by-step how to com­ply to the abil­i­ties of cur­rent technology
  • Teach how to build in­clu­sive PDFs that en­sure no per­son with a vi­su­al or hear­ing im­pair­ment feels like he or she is miss­ing some­thing in your documents.

This course us­es Adobe Acrobat Professional and as­sumes stu­dents have a ba­sic knowl­edge of work­ing with and cre­at­ing PDFs from with­in Adobe Acrobat X, Adobe Acrobat XI, and/or Adobe Acrobat DC.